Encounter – The Panigrahis


Sanjukta Panigrahi

Had lively conversations with them whenever they came on performance tour to New York – Sanjukta and Raghunath, great couple and wonderful beings,simple and down-to-earth and of course, I used to converse with them only in Tamil – Sunju surprised me with her Tamil the very first time we met at the Ganesh Temple in NY, a day after her beautiful show at the Asia Society.in the 1980s – feels like yesterday ! – I didn’t know their Madras-connection then.

Raghunath told me about his times in Kodambakkam Tamil film industry and he has sung some beautiful songs for yester year Tamil films – here is a melancholic one from the film “Aval Yaar” (1961) –


Quite amazing both gave up their chosen lines for Odissi and rightly so, Raghunath for film composing and Sanju, all the Baratanatyam training under Rukmini Devi at Kalakshetra


Vintage Film Dancers – Sai-Subbulakshmi

These unsung dancers of yester year cinema are simply superb in this clip – what grace/pace/movement and yes their tempo is unbelievable – SS must have been at their dance-peak during this film shoot though they have been dancing since young girls and this was the best I’ve seen of them and of course the voice of P.Leela and Jayalakshmi capped it !

They are closely related to P.A.Periyanayaki, the popular play-back of yesteryears 

Enjoy here –